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Liverpool lead Ibrahima Konate transfer race as Reds prepare £33m raid for RB Leipzig star

LIVERPOOL are in pole position to land RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate for £33million.

A number of European clubs have been watching the French centre-back, 21.

Liverpool lead the race for RB Leipzig star Ibrahima Konate


Liverpool lead the race for RB Leipzig star Ibrahima KonateCredit: Getty

But the Premier League champions are the only ones prepared to meet his buy-out clause.

Liverpool have drawn up a five-man list for potential central defenders this summer.

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And this includes Ozan Kabak, 21, who joined on loan from Schalke in January.

The Reds have an option to buy him for £18m – with add-on clauses.

But they do not need to activate it until June.

Liverpool need to strengthen in central defender after a horrendous season of injuries.

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have all been long-term absentees this term.

Konate, 21, was on the bench for Leipzig in both Champions League games against Liverpool.

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He is currently part of the France squad at the European U21 Championship.

He did not play in the 1-0 defeat by Denmark but started in the 2-0 victory over Russia.

Konate’s defensive partner Dayot Upamecano is also on his way, having agreed to join Bayern Munich this summer.

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